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What Is Otoplasty?


Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery used to improve the shape of the ear and correct ear abnormalities. In some cases, the procedure is also used to repair the ears after an injury or trauma.

How Does Otoplasty Work?

Depending on the issues being addressed, otoplasty can be performed in several ways. Typically, the surgeon will make small incisions either on the backs of the ears or within the inner creases of the ears. Next, they will carefully remove excess cartilage and skin. They may also fold the ear cartilage into an adjusted position and use internal stitches to secure it.

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    Am I a Candidate for Otoplasty?

    Anyone interested in adjusting their ears' size and/or shape could be a candidate for otoplasty. Both children over the age of 5 and adults are candidates for the procedure. If you meet the following requirements, you may be an ideal candidate for otoplasty:

    • At least 5 years old
    • Under the age of 65
    • A non-smoker
    • In generally good health
    • Have realistic expectations

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    Benefits of Otoplasty

    Otoplasty can offer the following benefits for anyone with protruding or misshapen ears:

    • - Corrects protruding, overly large, and misshapen ears
    • - Can repair the ears after injury or trauma
    • - Improves self-esteem

    What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

    For children, otoplasty is usually performed using general anesthesia, but IV sedation with local anesthesia is typically sufficient for adults. The surgery takes around two hours on average. After anesthesia has been administered, the surgeon will make tiny incisions in the ears. Next, they will carefully make the necessary adjustments to improve the appearance of the ears per the patient’s treatment plan. Once they’re finished, the doctor will close the incisions to complete the procedure.

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    How Long Is the Recovery Time?

    It typically takes adults one to two weeks to return to work and normal activities after undergoing otoplasty. There is likely to be some bruising, swelling, and redness around the ears, but these symptoms should subside within a few weeks. Any activities that could be a blow to the ear, like contact sports, should be avoided for at least six weeks.

    Young children who undergo otoplasty should wear a protective headband for the first three weeks after the surgery. It’s also important that they refrain from touching their ears during recovery.

    Why Choose HK Plastic Surgery & MedSpa?

    You will always receive premier aesthetic treatment when you go with Holcomb - Kreithen Plastic Surgery & MedSpa for your cosmetic needs. Visit our Tampa location for your otoplasty procedure. Our team of experts will ensure that you or your child receive personalized care, a low-stress experience, and superior results.

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    Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) FAQs

    Is otoplasty permanent?

    In most cases, the results of otoplasty are permanent. As long as you or your child follows the doctor’s instructions for recovery, the effects of the surgery should last a lifetime.

    What is the best age for otoplasty?

    It’s generally agreed upon that the best age for otoplasty is around 5 or 6 years old. At that point, the ears are fully developed, and school is just starting. That said, the surgery can be successfully performed at any age after the ears have developed.

    Does otoplasty hurt?

    Because of the anesthesia, you or your child will feel no pain during the procedure. However, there will likely be some discomfort during recovery.

    How much does an otoplasty cost?

    An otoplasty procedure can vary in cost, before factoring in the price of anesthesia and other expenses. Schedule an appointment with the doctor to discuss the details of your surgery, and he can provide you with a quote for your or your child's procedure.

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